Tom Bristow

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Tom Bristow
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Bristow playing for Sale Sharks vs. Exeter Chiefs
Birth nameThomas Andrew Bristow
Date of birth (1991-08-16) 16 August 1991 (age 32)
Place of birth Hong Kong
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight118 kg (18 st 8 lb)
School Tomlinscote School
University Northumbria University
Rugby union career
Position(s) Loosehead Prop
Current team Hong Kong Rugby Union
Senior career
London Welsh
Leicester Tigers
RC Narbonne
Sale Sharks
Hong Kong Rugby Union
South China Tigers
Correct as of 14 March 2020
International career
2019 Hong Kong Rugby Union 2 (0)
Correct as of 17 December

Tom Bristow (born 16 August 1991) is a retired English rugby union loosehead prop. He represented Hong Kong Rugby Union at international level in November 2019. [1] He made his test debut against Belgium national rugby union team and Spain national rugby union team in the Europe test matches. [2]


Early life

Bristow was born in Hong Kong, and attended Tomlinscote School and Sixth Form College in Frimley. In 2018 Bristow graduated from Northumbria University with a BA (Hons) in Leadership and Management.[ citation needed ]

In May 2012 Bristow was part of the Surrey team which won the County Shield, beating Leicestershire 43–12 in the final at Twickenham. The loosehead's abilities were spotted by Harlequins and in October 2011 he was called up by Quins to play in the Aviva A League against Saracens at Woolam Playing Fields. Bristow impressed enough in a good 60-minute shift to be asked back and he made two further appearances for Harlequins in the Aviva A League against Gloucester and London Irish.[ citation needed ]

Bristow has also played for Bedford Blues, Chobham Rugby Club, Guildford Rugby Club, Camberley Rugby Club and Dorking R.F.C. [ citation needed ]

Professional career

Bristow joined the promoted London Welsh RFC for there flight in the Premiership Rugby from the amateur club Dorking R.F.C., whom he helped secure a top-five finish in National League Three. Bristow was sponsored by the fashion-focused brand Storm Watches whilst at London Welsh RFC. [3] At 21-year-old he played 21 Premiership games for the Exiles last season. [4]

On 15 July 2013, Bristow signed for Leicester Tigers for the start of 2013–14 season. [5] Bristow stated in an interview "I enjoyed my experience with London Welsh in the Aviva Premiership last season but I'm happy to be here now and delighted to have the opportunity with Leicester Tigers. I'm looking forward to settling in during the pre-season and being part of the Tigers squad." [6] Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill told the club's official website: "Tom is a young up-and-coming prop and he joins a very good bunch of promising young front rows at the club". [6]

On 22 May 2015 Bristow joined Premiership Rugby rivals Wasps for the upcoming 2015–16 season. Bristow stated "Playing in Europe is a great experience across the whole day. You have the big French crowds when you arrive, and the whole thing feels another step up from the Premiership. You have to stay composed in that situation, do your bread-and-butter and make sure you stay focused. The leaders in the team like Joe Launchbury and Jimmy Gopperth are very good at making sure the younger players stay calm, while the amount everyone talks on the pitch is a great help." [7] On 19 June 2017 Bristow confirmed he would be leaving the club. [8]

On 9 August 2017 it was confirmed that Bristow signed for French club RC Narbonne in the Pro D2 upcoming 2017–18 season. [9]

2018: Return to the Premiership

On 10 October 2018 Bristow joined Premiership Rugby Sale Sharks. Bristow said: "It’s a bit different at Carrington from the South of France but great to be back in the U.K". [10] Sale Sharks director of rugby Steve Diamond welcomed Bristow's addition to the Premiership Rugby club "We will offer him a warm welcome to the Sharks squad and he will significantly improve our options in the front-row". [11] On 16 May 2019 Bristow confirmed he would be leaving the club. [12]

2019: Return to Hong Kong

On 29 July 2019, Bristow joined HKRFU Premiership Kowloon RFC rugby team for the upcoming 2019–2020 season. On 12 November 2019 Bristow was confirmed he would be part of Hong Kong Rugby Union European test match tour to face Spain national rugby union team and Belgium national rugby union team. [2] Bristow was capped for both test matches. [1]

Bristow was picked to play for the Hong Kong South China Tigers rugby team in the fast pace international rugby union 2020 Global Rapid Rugby competition. He was picked as a 'player to watch' [13] throughout the competition.

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  9. "Former Wasps loosehead prop Tom Bristow joins Pro D2 club RC Narbonne" (in French). 9 August 2017. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  10. "Former Wasps and Leicester prop Bristow returning to Premiership".
  11. October 2018, Matthew Wood Wednesday 10. "Sale Sharks confirm signing of Tom Bristow". Talking Rugby Union.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  12. "SALE SHARKS ANNOUNCE LEAVING PLAYERS". Sale Sharks. 16 May 2019.